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Siena Self-guided activities

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From Rome: Florence and Pisa Day Trip

1. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Day Trip

Explore Pisa & Florence, two of Tuscany's most important cities, on this day trip from Rome. Take a comfortable bus ride and listen to the guided tour that your guide will give you on the bus. You will be traveling along the Tuscan countryside while you learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. The first destination is Pisa, and in Piazza Dei Miracoli, you will admire the Romanesque-style Cathedral of the city. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, you must stop to take the famous photo of you holding the tower! Then you will be able to enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. Next, hop back on board the bus and continue to Florence, a perfect Renaissance city where you will enjoy a panoramic city tour provided by your guide, visiting the important landmarks, like Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more. Afterward, you will have some time to go on your own through the city, you can add an audio guide to make the most of your experience. You must try the delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts before hopping back on the bus.

Siena: City Highlights Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

2. Siena: City Highlights Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Make your way through Siena's dazzling maze of narrow cobblestone streets while taking in its fascinating and colorful history on this self-guided audio tour. Founded as an Etruscan settlement, by 1100 Siena had become a powerful city-state, thanks to its strong military, and thriving banking and trading industries. Throughout the following centuries, the Republic of Siena became an important center of Medieval and Renaissance art and scholarship, influencing artists throughout Italy and Europe alike. On this tour, you'll learn more about the city's history and see some of it's most iconic sights. Your walk begins in Siena's famous 13th-century Piazza del Campo, the stunning main square, where the famous Palio horse race is still held bi-annually during the summer. Here, I’ll outline the city's rich history while sharing anecdotes and pointing out the square’s main attractions including the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena’s Town Hall, with its majestic bell tower. From there, you'll wind your way through the old city, making a brief stop outside the oldest bank headquarters in the world, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, founded in 1472. You'll see several magnificent view points before ending in front of the Duomo, one of the most impressive examples of Italian Gothic architecture in Italy.

Florence: Michelango's City Exploration Game

3. Florence: Michelango's City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Piazza Santo Spirito. It will take you around 1 hour to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Piazza Santa Croce. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Siena: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

4. Siena: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

The pious Catherina of Siena was loved deeply by the people in the late 14th century. Catherina has lost her heart to Niccolò di Tuldo, eventhough it goes against her religious principles. Unfortunately, the lovebirds can't be together. Niccolò is in a cell awaiting his show trial. A death sentence is all that awaits him. Catherina decided to hatch a plan to free her beloved from his cell. Their escape gets discovered quickly and they need to make a run for it. Will you help them escaping the city safely? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the Piazza del Campo, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck! The Escape Tour Siena is available in the following languages: Dutch

Siena: The 17 Fantastic Animals Self-guided Walking Tour

5. Siena: The 17 Fantastic Animals Self-guided Walking Tour

Enjoy this Italian favorite in a unique and interactive way: through the lens of photography. Explore the city as an urban safari, and look for the animals hidden around the city and the fountains that give Siena its fairytale atmosphere. First, grab the necessary kit, including an instant rental camera, instant film, the guidebook "The 17 Fantastic Animals of Siena", which contains 17 spaces to fill with photos, a city map, and a backpack. Take the opportunity to discover the most beloved place in Siena's historic center: the Contrade fountains. Track and trace each animal, symbolic of one of 17 historic Siena districts. Solve riddles and hear stories about each Contrade, or district. Snap those instant photos like Warhol did it. Attach a photo directly to the guidebook, preserving the memories of a day spent in Siena for the whole family.

Florence: Private Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

6. Florence: Private Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

Visit the city highlights in the historic center of Florence on a relaxing tour by bike. Pedal at your own pace while observing the artistic and architectural beauties of the city. Learn from your local guide, make stops for insights and take wonderful photos. First, stop at Piazza del Duomo to discover the famous Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Marvel at Giotto's bell tower and the dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Then, continue your way towards Palazzo Medici, where artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli worked. Discover the Republic Square and Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio, the Statue of David, and the Loggia dei Lanzi. Finally, pass by the Uffizi Gallery and cross Ponte Vecchio to reach Palazzo Pitti. At the end of the tour enjoy a delicious Italian ice cream.

Siena: Instant Photography City Tour

7. Siena: Instant Photography City Tour

Discover Siena in a unique and original way, through the lens of instant photography. To begin, grab your necessary kit, which will include an instant camera to rent and 10 to 20 instant film, before following the map through the city. Snap a photo when the feeling strikes. Take the opportunity to discover the most evocative places in Siena's historic center, including Piazza del Duomo, Piazza del Campo, Contrada Fountains, and many more. With your guidebook, enjoy reading about the history alongside various points of photo interest. These anecdotes include fascinating facts about the city and its people. Make sure to fill up the 15 photo spaces inside the guidebook. At the end of the tour, take home a photo album filled with the photos you snapped as a memento from the day.

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What people are saying about Siena

Best way to combine two must-see places in Italy, because they are small, you can have a good introduction, leaving Rome, which makes the trip more practical and objective. Only for those who enjoy museums and a more immersive experience that may not be ideal, but overall super recommended.

The trip was incredible with enough time to get to know these emblematic buildings of Italy... of course to know more in depth it is necessary to be there for at least 2 days.

Eugeno was our tour guide. if you want to go inside to any attractions, make sure to buy your ticket ahead.

It was an amazing and fruitful tour, Thank you Ujine (our tour guide) really you made one special day :)

The guide was very informative, florence was beautiful